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I thought it would be easy.
All I needed was a small grow tent for clones. I wanted to put it under a staircase in my basement, so it needed to be short.
If you're also looking for a tent for a small indoor grow setup, you'll know exactly what I found.
There are shockingly few options when it comes to micro grow tents and finding them takes forever, because online stores don't let you sort by size.
I spent almost a week researching to come up with a list of the smallest tents on the market. I whittled the list down to the 6 best.
Some of these tents are on this list because they are short. Others are taller, but take up little floor space. The short ones are especially well suited as clone grow tents. The taller ones are perfect single plant grow tents.
LED Lighting is also a real challenge for small tents as most lights are at least 4 ft long so there are only a handful of lights that we will be recommending below.
This is the smallest tent on this list and, along with the next entry below, the only one under three feet tall. The low ceiling height makes it perfect for seedlings and clones. Also good to know - we sell more of these tents than all the others on this page combined
It has just enough space for propagation and cloning trays and grow lights. The best lights for the Mini Clone Box are LED bars like the TLED 26w veg/clone lights or fluorescent lights. In a tent this short, a metal halide would get way too hot and would burn the plants.
This small One Deal grow tent sells at a low price, but was designed using the best features from the top brands on the market. Things like special stitching to make it lightproof, sealable windows that keep out light and bugs, reinforced corners for more durability and numerous intakes and outlets for cables and ducting have all been incorporated. In short (pun intended!), this is the best option on the market for a clone tent.
Note: this Yield Lab tent has been unavailable since the start of the COVID-19 situation. We will leave this here in the hopes that it will one day be available again, but we are not sure if it will be.
This is the second shortest tent on this list at only 2 feet tall. It was also designed specifically for seeds and clones and is perfect for that purpose. Heavy duty oxford cloth covers the exterior and safe, non-toxic, reflective, silver, waterproof Mylar lines the inside.
The tent has three 6 inch round vents and one vent 4 inches in diameter. It also has a 12 by 6 inch rectangular vent and a built-in window with a Velcro cover, so you can view your plants without exposing them to the air.
Due to its height, you can't use metal-halide lights in this little Yield Lab tent (they'd burn the plants), but you wouldn't generally use MH for seeds and clones anyway. Fluorescent lights (LuxStar 2 Foot 4 Bulb T5) or LEDs are ideal, especially LED fixtures with a specialized spectrum for vegging, like this one HLG 65 Veg/Clone
We no longer sell this grow tent brand but you can find it on Amazon here
The Hydro Shoot 60 measures 2 feet by 2 feet and is 5 feet 3 inches tall. It is the tallest of the small tents so you would need remove the shelves from most closets to make this one work. That said, it's easily the highest quality tent on this list. Secret Jardin is one of the top grow tent manufacturers and they are known for high quality (and expensive) tents. The Hydro Shoot line is their collection of entry level tents.
This means you can get Secret Jardin's high quality at an entry-level price. The reason Hydro Shoot tents cost less is that Secret Jardin sacrificed features that most home growers don't need. These include heavy duty fabric, a large number of intakes and outlets, several windows and heavy duty hanging bars for heavy lighting.
The quality is still high, though. They use a robust 210D canvas fabric and a 95% reflective Mylar on the inside. The poles are all 0.63" thick Q195 galvanized steel. The Hydro Shoot 60 has one 12 by 8 inch mesh window (with a removable cover) and two 6" vents for intake and extraction. Hanging equipment for filters and lights is included, as is a removable waterproof tray.
Recommended lighting for the HS60 is a 150 watt HID light or a 100 to 150 watt LED light. The Optic 1 XL is a great choice. Quality-wise, this is the best tent on this list by far and the one we recommend, unless you are just cloning or seeding (the previous two tents are best for that). There are definitely cheaper tents, but the price difference is not that great and with the Hydro Shoot 60, you get much more value for your money.
This tent is another good single-plant grow room. It takes up the same floor space as the Secret Jardin one, but is 8 inches shorter, in case you don't quite have the ceiling space.
Quality-wise, it's definitely not on par with the Secret Jardin, but that is reflected in the lower price. That said, considering the price, it is still surprisingly well-made, with heavy duty 600D lightproof and tear-proof material on the outside and an inside lined with 99% highly reflective Mylar.
This CoolGrows tent has four 7 inch ports for ventilation (2 at the top and 2 at the bottom), a larger 9 inch port in the ceiling and two 3 inch ports (1 at the top and 1 at the bottom) for tubing and electrical access.
It also has 3 rectangular vents (2 at 9.5" x 4.5" and 1 at 13" x 5") and a 14" by 16" viewing window.
The frame features strong metal bars and easy-click metal connectors. It easily supports an LED grow light or a fluorescent fixture.
The ideal lights for this tent are LED lights, like the Optic 1 XL, or a small fluorescent fixture. It ships discreetly and comes with a 1-year warranty. We don't sell this tent on Grow Light Central, but you can get it on Amazon. Just click on 'Get More Info' below to check it out.
This Quictent Hydroponic Grow Tent is the shortest 2x2 foot tent on this list. That makes it the perfect single plant grow tent for anyone with restricted vertical space and also a great vegging tent.
And even though clones don't require much vertical space, it works great for cloning as well. It allows you to take the clones further, into the vegging stage, which is not possible with the shorter clone tents featured above.
This tent has thicker bars (16 mm), making the whole frame more solid. It holds up to 120 pounds of lights and other equipment. It has a highly reflective silver PET Mylar lining and is made from thermally protected material that reflects 97% of all radiant heat.
The canvas is 600D Oxford fabric. It is tear resistant and double stitched to prevent any light leakage. The tent has three ports at the top for ventilation and electrical access, plus two mesh windows at the bottom and a larger window in the door.
This is a great tent for anyone growing a single plant in their closet or other confined space or for a small clone room.
There a very few options for lights in tents that are under 4 ft but luckily Optic makes a super high quality light. They happen to have some that are the ideal size and fantastic for reducing power consumption and heat. The Optic 1 and HLG 65 Veg/Clone are ideal, depending on your use (Optic 1 for a full grow or HLG 65 for just vegging/cloning). We don't sell this tent in our store, but you can find it on Amazon.
This tent sits pretty much in the middle in terms of dimensions, which makes it a great all-around small indoor grow tent. You can use it to grow a plant or two or as a specialized grow room.
A heavy duty 600D exterior and a 98% reflective Mylar-lined interior combine with a sturdy, tubular metal frame to ensure your plants stay safely protected from the environment. It comes with a waterproof floor tray and two heavy-duty support bars with robust metal rings to hang your lights and other equipment.
The Vivosun tent has three 5" ports at the top for ventilation and two rectangular ones at the bottom for electrical ducting, plus two 4" ports and a 12" by 12" mesh window. Everything is sealed with durable reinforced zippers.
Due to its shorter height, a smaller LED fixture would be ideal (around 200 watts). The Lush Lumenator is the perfect size. If used as a cloning tent, fluorescent lighting or a few LED bars would work well, too. We don't sell this tent on Grow Light Central, but you can find it on Amazon.
It wasn't easy to find the best small grow tents on the market. Online stores don't offer a way to sort their products by size, so I ended up creating a spreadsheet of almost a hundred small horticultural tents along with their dimension and then sorting that list by size.
It took about a week, but it resulted in a list of all the smallest tents available. Then it was just a matter of choosing the best, which was actually quite easy. Most tents simply aren't very good.
In the end, I went with the One Deal tent for my clones, but that doesn't mean it's the best of the six listed here. It was just the best for my needs. Hopefully this list helps you find the perfect tiny tent for your plants as well.
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